Crow’s Nest, Montauk

I recently read an article in Domino magazine about Sean MacPherson, a hotelier with properties in Manhattan, Los Angeles, and Montauk.

I recently read an article in Domino magazine about Sean MacPherson, a hotelier with properties in Manhattan, Los Angeles, and Montauk.  When one of the ladies in my office announced she’d be visiting Montauk, it reminded me of the article and of MacPherson’s restaurant there — The Crow’s Nest — and I suggested she make it one of her stops.  It reminds me of the Montauk of years past, before the area became more upscale.

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My dad always spent a lot of time in Montauk over the years.  The Crows Nest is one of those places that just exudes a casual summer vibe.  It’s a little gem of a place that makes you feel like it’s ok to walk in with bare feet and sand between your toes.  The decor is approachable, not overly decorated or precious.  Everywhere you look are lots of authentic things that give the restaurant a bohemian chic feel, all of if perfectly showcased by the surroundings and the incredible view.  I’m often drawn to this kind of raw simplicity.

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Dining at The Crow’s Nest is quite a treat.  The menu features fresh, local fare prepared with beautiful simplicity, letting the ingredients shine.  Seafood is the star of the menu, but you can also enjoy grass fed beef, lamb, and plenty of vegetarian options.  They have the greatest margaritas!

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To see the full menu or learn more about the Crow’s Nest, visit their website.




S.R. Gambrel

One of my favorite design firms, New York-basked S.R. Gambrel was founded by Steven Gambrel in 1995.

One of my favorite design firms, New York-basked S.R. Gambrel, was founded by Steven Gambrel in 1995.  Gambrel studied architecture at the University of Virginia and has had his designs featured in publications such as Elle Decor, House and Garden, New York Magazine, and many others.  He also recently published his first book featuring his own design projects titled Steven Gambrel:  Time and Place.

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S.R. Gambrel’s designs are bold and masculine with no reservations.  His work’s unexpected grandeur comes from a flair for pulling elements together.  He uses an eclectic mix of pieces for dynamic results.  I’ve found that seeing things from Gambrel’s architectural view makes me a better designer.

A great combination of colors in this Southampton space.

Steven Gambrel’s incredible interiors often include his own custom designed furniture, rugs, and lighting.  He carries his love of modern married with traditional to his furnishings.  Gambrel’s designs show careful attention to the impact of details.  Each piece could be an antique or found item.  Urban Electric recently launched a collaboration with Steven Gambrel featuring a collection that celebrates hand-made American craftsmanship.  The line is elegant and modern with pieces that are functional and practical but still exhibit interesting scale and attention to detail.

Malplaquet by S.R. Gambrel for Urban Electric
The Grayfoy pendant by S.R Gambrel – The hand-blown violet glass is subtle yet so sophisticated.
Stanton Chair: The contrast channel and button detail is key!
Lighting by S.R. Gambrel.  Gorgeous!

Michael Dweck’s The End: Montauk, NY

Photographer Michael Dweck often turns his lens toward Montauk, NY.

Photographer Michael Dweck often turns his lens toward Montauk, NY.  His Montauk photos so perfectly represent the mood and feel of the area that simply looking at them evokes all of the feelings of my family summers spent in this old fishing village perched on the farthest point of Long Island.

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When Dweck published his collection titled The End: Montauk, NY in 2004, it was featured in several art fairs and exhibits that year.  The work is so chic and sexy.  I really like the black and white photography and am especially drawn to Dweck’s nudes.  I think the human body is a work of art, and the way Dweck exhibits it is so free and casual.  These images really symbolize summer, especially the summer of the young and carefree, full of potential and excitement.

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Michael Dweck’s photo collections, including his images of Montauk, are available in book format.   His website also contains stunning galleries of his work as well as essays on his collections that beautifully describe his photographs.